Artist: Gaston Darbour French (1869-)
Title: Jeune Fille aux Coquelicots (Young girl with Poppies)
issued by L'Estampe Moderne
Issue Number 4, August 1897.
Printed by F. Champenois, Paris.
Blindstamp lower right in margin.
Signed in the stone upper left.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
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Sheet Size: 12 in x 16 in 30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
These years of study he subsequently declared "useless". It was not until a friend took him to visit Félicien Rops that he discovered his true métier. Rops took one look at Darbour's sketchbook and told him to take up printmaking.
Most of Gaston Darbour's etchings were proofed in very small numbers. It seems he did not need to make a living from his art, or to make his way in the hustle and bustle of the Paris art market; cushioned by private means, he lived a peaceful life in the Château d'Uzos, near Pau. Darbour regularly exhibited at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. (Idbury Prints)
Not unlike the Maitre de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe Moderne was a portfolio printed between 1897-98, published by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios, with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for this series. Some of the contributing artists included Mucha, Rhead, Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset.